Monday, September 27, 2021

Licensed Practical Nurse Pay in the Southwest

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data published earlier this year put licensed practical nurse (LPN) employment at more than 676,000 as of May 2020.  Also known as license vocational nurses (LVNs) in some areas of the country, licensed practical nurses make up one of the biggest healthcare occupations in the U.S.  As of May 2020, nearly 92,000 LPNs were working in the four-state Southwestern region of the country. Further examination of May 2020 BLS data reveals the following about licensed practical nurse pay in the Southwest:

Licensed Practical Nurse Pay in the Southwest

Licensed Practical Nurse Pay in the Southwest


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AZ 7,440 $55,820 13th
NM 1,900 $50,480 21st
OK 12,850 $43,250 44th
TX 69,650 $48,380 27th
U.S. 676,440 $50,090 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 26, 2021

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